Category: Stories

July 28, 2017

Food security in South Sudan remains critical. Across the country, over 1.1 million children are estimated to be acutely malnourished this year. Breastfeeding can play a crucial role in sustaining a child’s nutrition, but not enough women are doing it. By: Nina deVries Bentiu, South Sudan, 28 July 2017 – It took 12 hours of…

July 27, 2017

South Sudan is currently experiencing one the most severe, longest and widespread outbreaks of Cholera in recent history. By: Nina de Vries Kapoeta, South Sudan – 27 July 2017 – It started around 6pm one evening, shortly after supper. She had been warned about it for weeks and even though she tried to prevent it, she…

July 7, 2017

By: Nina deVries In South Sudan, water supply and hygiene services have been deeply affected by the ongoing conflict. It’s estimated just under half of the population has access to safe water. But a newly restored treatment plant is already improving the lives of residents in a northern city. BENTIU, South Sudan – July 7,…

May 19, 2017

By Ilya Gridneff Juba, South Sudan 19 May 2017 – After more than three years of war there is a growing food crisis in a region of South Sudan once famous for its farms, agriculture and abundance of food. But this tragic irony, and the complexities of how to respond, is a similar story spreading…

May 11, 2017

By Ilya Gridneff Yei, South Sudan 11 May 2017 – The horrors and tragedies of war puts enormous strain on the body psychologically, especially for young mothers. Mary Deyia, 28, found herself pregnant and alone when fighting began in Yei, a previously peaceful town in southern South Sudan near its border with Congo and Uganda. Her husband…

December 6, 2016

By Mercy Kolok JUBA, South Sudan, December 6, 2016—Alfred Tombe is one of those guys you meet and hit it off immediately.  He is a simple, jolly and humble man who is always helpful. Even when he doesn’t know you, he will strike up a conversation and crack some jokes to make you feel at…

October 14, 2016

In South Sudan, conflict and spiraling inflation have left millions of people struggling to feed themselves. Around 4.4 million people — 40 percent of the population — are food insecure and the world’s youngest country is facing a crisis of malnutrition among children. UNICEF has treated more than 140,000 children so far this year. © UNICEF/2016/Rich The main market…

October 13, 2016

By Mercy Kolok © UNICEF South Sudan/Rich A child is screened for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported health center in Aweil, South Sudan. The women and their children had gathered in the shade of a huge tree serving as a treatment center for malnutrition. We were in Aweil, in the north of South Sudan and where…